Aerial view of campus with Williamsport, the Susquehanna River and Bald Eagle Mountain as a backdrop

Sascha Feinstein

Sascha Feinstein


B.A., University of Rochester
M.F.A., Indiana University-Bloomington
Ph.D., Indiana University-Bloomington

Contact Information:

(570) 321-4279
Campus Post Office Box 3
Personal Website

Robert L. & Charlene Shangraw Professor

Founding Editor: Brilliant Corners
Classes: Introduction to Creative Writing, Advanced Poetry Workshops, Form & Theory: Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Poetry, Memoir & Metaphor, The Book & the Movie

The Shangraw Chair In The Liberal Arts, Sascha Feinstein is a poet, essayist, and editor whose twelve books include two volumes of poetry ( Ajanta’s Ledge and Misterioso), two memoirs ( Wreckage: My Father’s Legacy of Art & Junk and Black Pearls: Improvisations on a Lost Year), two critical books on jazz poetry, and a collection of interviews ( Ask Me Now: Conversations on Jazz & Literature). He has also edited several books, including two volumes of jazz poetry with Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa. An active speaker, he has given readings and lectures at the National Arts Club in New York City, the Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans, the American Embassy in Vienna, and scores of other venues. His honors include the 2008 Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Artist of the Year, the Hayden Carruth Award for Misterioso, and, at Lycoming College, both junior and senior teaching awards. In 1996 he founded Brilliant Corners: A Journal of Jazz & Literature, which he still edits, and in 2007 he joined WVIA, the NPR station for central Pennsylvania, to host the weekly program Jazz Standards.